Job Seeker: Benefits of Effective Communication Skills
3 Aug 2020
Good and effective communication skills are keenly demanded by every employer majorly because it is widely believed that communication is the foundation of every aspect of a business
According to statistics, 82% of employers listed the ability to communicate effectively as very important. However, having a good and effective communication ability is beyond conversations only.
Communication is a soft skill needed to thrive in the workplace. As a job seeker, it is a necessity that you explore the dynamics of good and effective communication skills to stand out in the competitive job market.
When we talk about communication skills what do we mean?
In essence, when we talk about communication skills in the corporate or professional world, we are referring to the primary communication skills which are: Verbal, listening, and writing abilities. Having the ability to communicate information adequately is an indispensable fundamental skill that ought not to be ignored.
Verbal Communication Skills
Verbal communication is the use of words in sharing information between individuals. However, having good verbal communication skills is not limited to sharing information with others, it involves being able to effectively communicate your idea(s) in a crystal clear manner to your audience. In the workplace, good verbal communication skills are needed during Presentation, meetings, personal discussions, telephone discussions, etc.
A widely used aphorism says "It is not about what you say, but how you say it" A job seeker who cannot verbally express his or her ability or traits to an employer is seen as unfit for the role by the employer. He or she is like a sales representative or marketer who does not possess the ability to effectively market his or her product to buyers—Effective communication is a tool needed by every job seeker to effectively market their public image(Personal branding), values and overall reputation.
Listening Communication Skills
Listening skill is the ability to accurately receive information during a communication process. According to Forbes "Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy"
An effective listening ability depends solely on how you can perceive and understand the information being communicated. It is to be noted that having a good listening ability is different from hearing. A lot of people misconceive hearing for listening. They are entirely different.
Hearing is the process, or the ability to perceive sound. It does not matter whether you understand the information communicated or not. While Listening requires much more than that: Listening requires your focus and total concentration. It requires you to pay rapt attention to how the information is passed, the tone of communication, the body language( Facial Expression, gestures, eye movement), etc. Without the ability to accurately listen and understand the information being passed across, messages are misunderstood.
In the workplace, good listening skills allow workers to better understand the assignments they are given by their employers, and this, in turn, aids productivity. The acquisition of good listening skills is of utmost importance—It is the bedrock of success.
Written Communication Skills
Written communication skill is the ability to effectively communicate your messages with clarity through writing— it involves the use of written words to get ideas or information across. Unlike verbal communication which focuses on body language, facial expression, etc. The written communication focuses majorly on the use of good grammar, figures of speech, etc.
As a job seeker, it is very important to note, that the importance of having good writing skills begins during the hiring process. Employers access your writing abilities through your curriculum vitae— They look out for inconsistencies such as grammatical errors, punctuation errors, etc. You are said to possess great writing abilities when your writings contain these 4 key features.
- Good grammar and punctuation
- Active tone —The 'voice' of your writing
In the workplace, when finally hired good writing abilities will make it easy for you to write excellent email pitches, proposals, business plans, etc.
In conclusion, in the world of Martin Yate "The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” "Every professional job today requires communication skills; promotions and career success are impossible without them, let alone getting hired in the first place". For you to stand out and progress excellently in your career, you must possess great communication abilities.